PRICHARD, WV (WOWK) – West Virginia Delegate Derrick Evans (R-Wayne) has resigned from the West Virginia House of Delegates.
This announcement comes after he was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds, according to the Department of Justice.
Evans was taken into custody Friday, Jan. 8.
“The past few days have certainly been a difficult time for my family, colleagues and myself, so I feel it’s best at this point to resign my seat in the House and focus on my personal situation and those I love…I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents and fellow West Virginians. I hope this action I take today can remove any cloud of distraction from the state Legislature, so my colleagues can get to work in earnest building a brighter future for our state. And more importantly, I hope it helps to begin the healing process, so we can all move forward and come together as ‘One Nation, Under God.’”WV Delegate Derrick Evans (R-Wayne)
A copy of Evans’ resignation letter can be viewed here.
West Virginia Republican Party Chairwoman Melody Potter has released the following statement on Delegate Derrick Evans’ resignation:
“As previously stated, the West Virginia Republican Party condemns in the strongest possible terms the violent events that occurred at our nation’s Capitol this week. While thousands upon thousands of Americans gathered to protest peacefully, some resorted to unnecessary violence that cast a dark cloud over the message of the peaceful protests. Unfortunately, newly-elected Delegate Derrick Evans was a participant in the events in our Nation’s Capitol this week. The actions of Derrick Evan were unwise and unbecoming of an elected official. The events displayed at the Capitol distracts from the major issue of election integrity and the remarkable accomplishments of President Trump throughout his term.
“Mr. Evans made the right decision for his constituents, his family, and the state of West Virginia by resigning as Delegate. Join us in praying for our nation, Mr. Evans, and his family. In America, we do not solve issues by resorting to violence. We use the ingenious political process designed by our founding fathers to create legislation, govern, and solve disputes. We must now move on as a state and a nation to solve the problems that face us and salve the wounds of deep political division.
May God continue to bless the United States of AmericaMelody Potter, Chairwoman, West Virginia Republican Party